DSEi 2005: There have been 57 arrests in relation to the DSEI policing operation to date +++ Convergence Centre +++ For full list of anti-DSEi actions, protests and events see: [ Disarm DSEi - CAAT Listing ] +++ Legal Advice Card (pdf) | Legal Briefing (pdf)Read more >>
Actions and protests for the second day of the DSEi Arms Fair included a Critical Mass bike ride, a mass action at Custom House Docklands Light Railway Station, and affinity group actions targetting the fair. The day also saw the commencement of the trial of some Corporate Pirates, following an action against Windrush Communications, promoters of the Iraq Procurement events.
During the day's actions many delegate's journeys in and out the arms fair were disrupted, whilst major delays were caused to transport into the area. After the day's protests at least 27 people were reported arrested (we have 15 confirmed and named). Further affinity group actions are planned for tomorrow,as well as a protest and critical mass during the arms dealer's gala dinner.
More news: Reports of banned cluster bomb on sale at DSEi | Custom House Station: Attempt to intimidate journalist | Lower Lea Crossing: Van used to road block | Video advert of DSEi exhibitor | Video solidatity demo in Bristol.Read more >>
The world's largest Arms Fair [official website] opened its doors for business at the Excel Centre in London's Docklands. Protets took place throughout the day which included a march, a Diaper Bloc and affinity group actions.
Around 400 people marched from East Ham central park towards the Excel exhibition centre. When the demonstration reached near Prince Regent DLR station, police blocked the road to prevent the march from going further. Several speeches were made by local groups, and eventually the crowd dispersed.
Nearby, a Diaper Bloc action took place outside Custom House station, where kids donned police helmets and riot shields whilst imposing a S60 on adults inside the designated protest zone. Meanwhile a batallion of the Clandestine Insurgent Clown Army toured central London visiting companies involved in arms trade and DSEi. At least 1 arrest was reported during the day's protests and, as it is becoming common place in London, police forces continued with their tactics of surveillance and harassment.
CAAT demo: pictures:     Pictures and report:  Audio: [Speeches mp3] Videos:   | Baby Bloc [pics 1 | 2 ] [comment] | Rebel Clown Army detained | Protestor blocks the east entrance to the ExCel centre.Read more >>
The much criticised bi-annual DSEi (Europe's largest arms fair) runs from 13-16th September in London, sparkling protests in and around the East End docklands. This year condemnation of the arms fair has also come from Newham Borough Council and the Mayor of Newham. Events against the arms fair include two counter conferences, press briefings, direct action trainings, a Reclaim the Streets Party, candlelit vigils, marches and blockades. A delegate's dinner protest and critical mass have also just been announced for Thursday 15th evening.
Is spite of police intimidation, harassment and relentless surveillance, actions and protests started ahead the opening of the fair. On Thursday 8th, anti arms trade campaigners paid a visit to the offices of DSEi organisers Reed Elsevier in Kidlington, Oxford, to raise awareness of the companies involvement in organising and promoting the arms fair. See [report and pictures] [video] Also see The Lancet Medical Journal Attacks its Owners Reed Elsevier | Corporate Watch on Reed Elsevier | CAAT on Reed Elsevier [Reed Leaflet + Action]
On Saturday the 10th, a Beat The Bombers - Pary for Peace took place in the streets of east London. Some of those who turned out were subjected to somewhat questionable but predictable police tactics against lawful protesters. See Timeline of Events and photos [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5] [Videos 1 | 2]
On Sunday 11th, companies in the south-east of England involved in exhibiting at the arms fair were targetted with disruptive actions against their premises. On Monday 12th evening a Candelit Procession and Prayer Vigil took place outside Excel centre, while a noborder meeting was held in the convergence center.
Aberdeen: activists hung a banner outside an Offshore Europe oil and gas exhibition. Nottinghamshire: arms manufacturers at east Midlands expo. Netherlands: Reed Elsevier targetted.
Background to DSEi:
"DSEi Arms Fair 2005: The global arms trade comes to London", an in depth 30 page CAAT report (pdf) | SchNEWS on DSEi | The Arms Fair is Coming to Town a Red Pepper article | Indymedia UK DSEi Protest Archives [2003 | 2001- incomplete]
Bombs on the underground, bombs in Iraq, guns in Harlesden, Euston, Kings Cross, in the car and under your pillow, destroying the lives of men women and children, and destroying the world in which we live, all sold to you by these nice men and women in suits, who only do this job because, "if I didn't, someone else would"..Read more >>
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ASBO sentences given to DSEI protestors.
DSEI arrest witness appeal
DSEi Official Visitor Survey
Reed Elsevier in Oxford targeted again
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Great Reporter on DSEi demo and arrests
Video of DSEi demo - The Dorchester
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Full List of DSEi protest Arrests
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Video: DSEi solidarity demo in Bristol 14.09.05
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DSEi Wednesday Demos Part Two
DSEi Wednesday Demos Part One
Arms Dealer Sex Toy Party
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DSEi Video - KinoKast
some pics from dorchester dinner protest
DSEi gala dinner
Weapons inspectors visit Norwich factory
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Disarm DSEi march - Tuesday
Fashion Show DSEI Style
Report and pics from protest outside arms dealers banquet
Train Delays at DSEi
CO11 - Official Statement: 'We got it wrong'
DSEi 05 loop animation
DSEi Reports - Thursday 15th Sept
DSEI CRITICAL MASS REPORT AND PICS (2nd part of 2)
DSEI CRITICAL MASS REPORT AND PICS (1st part of 2)
Waterside Anti-Arms Fair Protests - Opposite DSEi (pics)
Blockade Pics from DSEi - Tidal Basin West Entrance
Witnessing arrests outside the DSEI
DSEi CRITICAL MASS VIDEO.
Silvertown Way Flyover - DSEi Lock-on Road Blockade Pics
Custom House Station: Attempt to intimidate journalist
Pics from Canning Town DSEi Train Action
Meditation For Peace ~ This Evening!
DSEi related photos
Anti-DSEi CAAT March Speeches (mp3)
Baby Bloc Action (Comment)
PICS AND SHORT REPORT ON CAAT PROTEST TODAY (2 0f 2)
Rebel Clown Army detained on tour of arms dealers in Central London
DSEi Timeline - Tuesday 13th Sept (CAAT demonstration + Diaper Bloc)
DSEI March. Tuesday. Pictures.
PICS AND SHORT REPORT ON CAAT PROTEST TODAY (part 1 of 2)
DSEI RTS Saturday. Pics.
Baby diaper bloc confront arms dealers
East End Adversaries
VIDEO OF CAAT AGAINST THE ARMS FAIR.
MILLIONS OF JINGOISTS!
Pics from CAAT Anti-DSEi March (tues 13th sept)
Diaper DSEi Baby Bloc Invincibility Police Pics
PIRATES NEEDED FOR IRAQ COURT CASE DEMO - WEDNESDAY
DSEi Candelit Procession + Prayer Vigil @ Excel - Pics
Protest for Peace - Saturday 10 August
DSEi DINNER PROTEST: Thurs 7pm
Police tactics during anti-arms fair protests
FIT at Convergence Centre.
Diary of Events for the Meditators' Mobilisation
yet more DSEi pics and comment
Video of Street Party for Peace.
beat the bombers, party for peace, more pics
beat the bombers...more pictures
Pics from "Beat The Bombers Party for Peace!"
DSEi Timeline - Sat 10th Sept (Beat the Bombers)
DSEi radio this week
Take action against Caterkiller at DSEi
DSEi Noborder meeting: Refugees, Migrants and the Arms Trade
undercurrents video of Oxford DSEi action
FIT team harass Disarm DSEi convergence centre
Pre-DSEi police intimidation
DISARM DSEi Convergence Centre Location
Benefit for Peoples' Global Action at DSEi convergence, 11.9.05
indymedia cinema London Thurs 8th
Action Medics Training Dates
RECLAIM THE STREETS! - Party For Peace - Sat 10th Sept
The arms fair is coming to town - red pepper article
DSEi rights of way closures
Shut DSEi - Public Meeting - Reading, 08/09/05, 8pm
DSEi convergence opening - Friday 9th Septembre
DSEi freepaper needs your help this week
Shut DSEi - Public Meeting - Reading, 08/09/05, 8pm
Death Dealing DSEi to be targeted in Oxford.
DISARM DSEI PRESS RELEASE
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INDYMEDIA CINEMA and FILMMAKERS AGAINST WAR
Campaigners launch arms fair protest plans
FATUOUS INTIMIDATION TEAM (FIT) STRIKE AGAIN!
DESTROY THE ARMS TRADE! DAY OF DIRECT ACTION 14th SEPT
DSEi: Exhibitor addresses in London
DISARM DSEi direct action training - 28th August
Workshops and Stalls needed for DISARM DSEi conference
DISARM DSEi picket
DSEi news round up
DSEi freepaper looking good
East London Public Meeting against the DSEi arms fair
Contributors wanted for DSEi newspaper
DSEi action planning meeting tonight!
DISARM DSEi public meeting - 30th July 2005
Ken Livingstone 'wholeheartedly' opposed to DSEi Arms Fair
Direct Action Training: G8, DSEi and Beyond. THIS SUNDAY!
Direct Action Training for G8 and DSEi
Ken pledges support for DSEi
Picket of Reed, DSEi orgaganisers
Direct Action Affinity Group Training for DSEi and G8, London
DISARM DSEi Picket & Electronic Blockade
Destroy DSEi: REED office targeted in the Netherlands
DISARM DSEi - Action planning meeting
Locks Glued at DSEi Company
Disarm DSEi meeting
Electronic Blockade Of DSEi organisers - Monday 22nd November
Public sector cuts